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A paraglider has died crashing into a cliff in Australia

A paraglider in his 40s has died after crashing into a cliff and dropping 170 meters to the ground near Wollongong. He took off from a popular gliding spot south of Sydney.

He collided with the cliff face. “Yeah, I was just down here watching the view and one of the paragliders flew across yelling out that his glider has hit the rock wall, crashed into the rock face and then he lost grip and tumbled 50 metres onto the rocks below,” a witness told to media. A specialist paramedic descended a crumbling rock face to reach the site and confirmed the man had died. Emergency authorities then planned a recovery mission for the body.

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Emergency services on the scene included NSW Ambulance, NSW Police rescue squad, and ambulance and police helicopters. The recovery mission was expected very complex and dangerous. Light ran out before the body could be retrieved so the mission will recommence at first light on Sunday. Crews had also been trying to rescue a second person who had gone to the cliff to observe the first rescue. Bald Hill Lookout at Stanwell Tops is a location popular with NSW paragliders. The died paraglider has not yet been identified.

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